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Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

  Red wine braised chicken thighs is a hearty dish for the weekend. It’s time to come home, relax… and forget about work.  It’s time to rejuvenate and recharge.  And good food is always a big part of that.  Red wine braised chicken thighs may be braised and slow cooked, but chicken usually cooks faster […]

Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs Recipe

Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is a great Sunday afternoon dinner. Yum!  Nothing like a spaghetti sauce with pasta.  Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is the comfort food we crave.   Making a tomato sauce is easy, all you need is time for the sauce to slowly cook.  This concentrates your sauce as water evaporates out leaving […]

Red Wine Braised Beef Shanks with Rosemary

Red wine braised beef shanks are melt in your mouth delicious. I love to braise, and I’ll say it again, it’s one of my favorite ways to cook a piece of beef.  Braising doesn’t work well using just any cut of beef, but rather those tougher cuts that require a slow cooking process to tenderize.  […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Tarragon Deviled Eggs with Chick Centerpiece

Tarragon deviled eggs lay in a bed of cabbage to celebrate spring! After a few months of winter, it’s time to forget about white and focus on color.  Spring is all about brightness, freshness and color!  So why not celebrate it with my colorful & flavorful tarragon deviled eggs?  These classic treats are just as […]

Shoulder Lamb Chops with Tomato Orzo

Shoulder lamb chops with orzo in a tomato sauce makes a terrific one pot meal. I love lamb and I’m always looking for different ways to cook it.  One of my favorite ways to prepare lamb comes my childhood.  In fact, this recipe brings so many of my childhood memories to mind, that it’s almost like […]

Beef Chili with Bottom Round Roast

This beef chili is thick and rich with a touch of spice to heat things up. Brrrrr!  Yep, it’s wintertime in the northeast all right.  It’s cold outside, and I’m chilled to the bone!  Wouldn’t it be nice to be welcomed home by the nice warm glow of a fire and the comforting smell of a pot […]

Mushroom Beef Pot Roast with Gravy

Mushroom beef pot roast with gravy is a cold weather comfort food. A good pot roast is delicious, and an easy way to make pot roast… well, that would be wonderful.  My mushroom beef pot roast recipe is a tasty solution… a roast so easy to prepare and oh so delicious to eat!  I always […]

Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast with Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted turkey breast with sweet potatoes is a perfect fall comfort food. Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving… it can be served anytime.  I know it takes a lot of work roasting an entire bird, but I have a great solution for that.  Nowadays your local grocer carries an assortment of turkey parts that […]

Cauliflower Casserole with Cheddar Cracker Topping

Cauliflower casserole with crushed green cheddar fish gives this recipe some howling good cheer. No, this cauliflower casserole is not moldy; it’s just a little holiday cheer.  I love Halloween, and keeping it festive with great food is half the fun.  The other half is decorating… but let’s save that for another time.  The nice thing about […]

Purple Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Scare up some excitement with these purple mashed potatoes this season. That’s the response I got from my 10 year old son, Jayson when he first saw my purple mashed potatoes.  I agree, the color can be a bit alarming, but rest assured, this recipe tastes just like traditional mashed potatoes.  This month is all […]

Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Stuffed peppers cooked with potatoes and carrots; just in time for comfort food season. Stuffed peppers may not be common fare at your dinner table, but it was for me growing up.  It’s a very well known Greek dish that packs a lot of flavor using common ingredients.  The secret is in the way this dish is […]

Pork Rib Roast with Rosemary, Apples, and Cider

Fill your home with the aromas of fall with a pork rib roast and apples. Fall is fast approaching, but the heartwarming scents it brings need not only fill the air outdoors.  You can capture the season at its best by filling your home with the aromas of fall right from your oven!   I love […]

Baked Oregano Chicken Breasts with Lemon

Baked oregano chicken breasts with lemon are a delicious Greek-inspired main dish. It seems that these days, every penny counts, and this flavorful dish fits the bill perfectly!  It will add every bit of the “wow” factor that you are looking for at your next gathering, while the simple ingredients will help to keep you within your […]

Baked Ham with Pineapple and Coke

Baked ham with pineapple and coke is an easy main dish for any celebration. Do you love eating baked ham?  I do especially when it’s so easy to make.  This is a main dish that serves a lot of people and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Be careful though…when you try my special baked […]

Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Greek lemon chicken orzo soup is the perfect answer for those cold winter nights. Got soup?  No?  Then try my Greek lemon chicken orzo soup.  Think of this as chicken soup with a Greek twist.  Lemon, orzo, and egg add amazing flavors and textures that make this soup unique…and irresistible.  I grew up eating this soup and […]

Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

Beef short ribs braised in red wine are so tender that you only need a fork to eat them. I love braising meats!  Just the idea of taking a tougher piece of meat, cooking it long and slow, until it comes out tender and juicy. what’s not to love?  This recipe for braised beef short ribs is easy, easy, and […]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a twice baked potato dish for any celebration. Who doesn’t love potatoes?  They compliment just about any meat dish you pair them with.  Add a vegetable and you have a very balanced meal.  I love mashed potatoes and so does my family.  They are versatile enough to serve for a […]

Coffee Pound Cake with Cinnamon, Walnuts, and Maple Syrup

Coffee Pound Cake is an easy breakfast or brunch alternative that fills the “in-between” time of your day. As the month of March is fast approaching, it makes me think of this as being an “in-between” time of year.  There is still the threat of a winter storm, yet the mild conditions of springtime are […]

Meatloaf with Beef, Veal, and Pork

Meatloaf is a comfort food that’s easy to prepare. Why do I love eating meatloaf for dinner?  Let me count the ways!  Whether it’s with the family or friends, meatloaf makes a great dish to serve any group of people.  Not only is this recipe simple to prepare and delicious to eat, the mix of […]

Stuffed Shells in a Hamburger Tomato Sauce

Stuffed shells are rich and creamy and delicious when combined with a hamburger tomato sauce. When it’s cold and snowy outside, and all you’re looking for is a little comfort, I have the perfect recipe to warm up to!  In fact, why not throw a few more logs on the fire and invite some friends over, […]

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